- Rihanna returns to the stage after 7 years with a sensational Super Bowl halftime performance.
- The singer surprises fans with a pregnancy announcement during her electrifying performance.
- The Super Bowl features some of the biggest names in music and draws a massive global audience.
Pop and R&B diva Rihanna stunned the Super Bowl halftime audience with her first live performance in seven years while also announcing her second pregnancy. She sang hits from Umbrella to Diamonds.
In Glendale, Arizona, Rihanna opened the 13-minute performance wearing a voluminous red costume over a form-fitting latex top while surrounded by a large number of dancers wearing white ski suits suspended from various platforms.
The 34-year-old singer sang her biggest hits without using any of the quick costume changes, scene changes, or guest appearances that other performers have used during halftime shows at Bowl Games.
The long stage was illuminated by red lights throughout the performance, keeping the concept and colour scheme consistent.
As she was hauled back into the air by herself and sang Diamonds, which has the lyric “shine bright like a diamond,” to signal the end of the performance, fireworks went off and lights from the stand flashed.
A flurry of rumours on social media were fueled by Rihanna’s tight attire, which appeared to show a baby bump. Following the performance, Rihanna’s representative announced the singer was expecting a child. Nine months ago, she gave birth to her first kid, who she had with the rapper A$AP Rocky.
Robyn Rihanna Fenty has taken a break from singing since the release of “Anti” in early 2016, but has by no means taken it easy: she’s become a billionaire by turning her musical successes into lucrative beauty, lingerie, and high-fashion brands.
Since the release of her last album, Rihanna has made occasional guest appearances and, more recently, has created the soundtrack for “Black Panther: Wakanda Forever.”
The Super Bowl is the premier showcase for the music industry, and past performers have included Lady Gaga, Beyonce, Prince, Madonna, and the Rolling Stones. Approximately 100 million Americans tune in to the show each year, and more viewers from other countries also watch.
Before the start of the game in Arizona, DJ Snake and Jason Derulo performed with support dancers that included synchronised robot dogs.
The Kansas City Chiefs crushed the Philadelphia Eagles 38-35 to win their third Super Bowl trophy.